Universal Design for Learning

Universal Instructional Design

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In the world of elearning, assessments play a crucial role in testing the knowledge and skills of learners. With the plethora of assessment types available, it’s important to choose the ones that align with your learning goals and objectives. However, some assessments can create hurdles for learners rather than provide assistance. This is where Universal Instructional Design (UID) comes in. UID focuses on creating barrier-free instructional designs that accommodate learners of all abilities. By applying UID, you can ensure that all learners have equal access to education and the opportunity to succeed. So, if you want to create an inclusive learning environment, designing assessments with UID principles is essential.

Universal Instructional Design is a process of designing and delivering instruction that considers the needs of all learners. Through the UID process instructors can identify and eliminate barriers to teaching and learning, thus maximizing learning for students of all backgrounds and learner preferences. “Through that process, one can identify and eliminate barriers to teaching and learning, thus maximizing learning for students of all backgrounds and learner preferences.” [1] By using UID, instructors can ensure that all learners have the same opportunities to succeed in their courses.

Universal Instructional Design is an approach to elearning that removes barriers and ensures that the learning experience is all-encompassing. UID is based on the belief that all students have the right to a high-quality education, and that every student has the potential to succeed. It is possible to “identify… and eliminating unnecessary barriers to teaching and learning while maintaining academic rigour.” [2] elearning space is committed to providing a UID approach to learning, and our courses can be designed to eliminate any barriers that may prevent students from achieving their full potential.

Different students have different needs, and an elearning experience must cater for all of those needs in order to be effective. That’s why it’s important to use a range of learning and assessment methods in your elearning courses. If you want to know more about how we can help you create an elearning course that meets the needs of all your students, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss our range of services with you and answer any questions you may have.

[1] Caputo, Aldo. 2016. “Open Learning and educational support.” In 4wtet, Accessed Feburary 18, 2017. http://opened.uoguelph.ca/students/resources/uid_implimentation_guide_15.pdf.

[2] Brock University. 2012. Seven Principles of Universal Instructional Design (UID). 26 March. Accessed Feburary 18, 2017. http://kumu.brocku.ca/twiki/Seven_Principles_of_Universal_Instructional_D (Lombardi n.d.)esign_%28UID%29.

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